ACE coach Jamie Sanckson believes “momentum is important” as his side prepares to face North Brisbane at Wolter Park tomorrow (September 5) at 6pm.
Form is with the ACE women who enter the game unbeaten in seven Capital League 1 matches (plus two Elaine Watson Cup ties) stretching back to late May.
Captain Morgan Schoener’s late winner over Caboolture last weekend continued that run, securing a 2-1 win and easing concerns over the impact of the four-week break.
“It was important to pick up where we left off,” Jamie said, “there was always a worry that the (COVID-related) break would affect us and we would drop off.
“This is the business end of the season and momentum is so important. We need to keep winning games to try and get to the finals of this competition.”
ACE are in third place, five points behind Ipswich knights but with a game in hand. North Brisbane is fourth, four points behind us having played a game more.
“North Brisbane has been a bit of a bogey side for us over the last few years,” said coach Jamie Sanckson.
“They gave us a bit of a touch up last season on what was probably the worst day of my coaching career.
“And they beat us (1-0) earlier this year but it was a close game and we were a few players short that day.”
Tomorrow’s match is the first of three huge matches for ACE in just eight days.
On Wednesday they face Brisbane Women’s Premier League leaders Broadbeach at Wolter Park, kick-off 7.30pm, in the Elaine Watson Cup semi-final.
ACE have never reached this stage before and are the only Capital League 1 side remaining in the competition.
On Sunday week (September 12) ACE travel to second-placed Ipswich Knights and three days later are at Southside Eagles when they may have the chance to go second!
ACE Women Reserves, unbeaten in their last three games, face North Brisbane at Wolter Park 4pm knowing victory will lift them above the visitors.